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brennan answered his critics today and abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl was there. >> i am honored to appear before you today -- >> reporter: even before he could introduce himself, the president's choice to run the cia was repeatedly interrupted by anti-war protesters. >> please clear the room. please remove -- >> reporter: it was a rare public appearance for a man who works in a windowless basement office of the white house. an architect of the president's war on terror, especially the rapid expansion of those cia drone strikes. it's largely been a secret war, but brennan promised to at least tell congress every time the cia targets and kills suspected terrorists. >> if i were to go to cia and the cia was involved in any type of lethal activity, i would damn well make sure this committee had that information. absolutely. >> reporter: brennan refused to confirm that the u.s. was behind the 2011 strike that killed an american citizen, al qaeda leader, anwar al awlaki, born in new mexico. but he forcefully defended making him a target. >> before he died, he was intimately
to a "person of interest" and his family's reaction. >> on hill new allegations facing john brennan to become facing john brennan to become the new head of the c.i.a. [ male announcer ] citibank's app for ipad makes it easy for anne to manage her finances when she's on the go. even when she's not going anywhere. citibank for ipad. easier banking. standard at citibank. okay. [ male announcer ] with citibank's popmoney, dan can easily send money by email right from his citibank account. nice job ben. [ male announcer ] next up, the gutters. citibank popmoney. easier banking. standard at citibank. >> live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. we made it to thursday. good morning at 5:00. this is the morning that mike warned we could see rain. >> and king tides, as well. mike has the forecast. >> we will start with live doppler 7 hd on storm watch. you can see scattered rain across the north bay from santa rosa north through cloverdale and toward sea ranch where we are finding scattered rain. notice, this is where the bullet, rather, the bulk of it is. after 7:00 the rain will sink
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starts at 10:00 a.m. at city hall. >> president obama's nominee for c.i.a. director, john brennan, will be in the spotlight on capitol hill today. he is expected to come underfire at the confirmation hearing for supporting the c.i.a.'s controversial drone program and the bushel enhanced entering tactics. we go to washington, dc, with the latest. >> good morning, kristen. today we get a rare public look into the u.s. secret drone program that president obama has used more than president bush that has come under heavy criticism. >> president obama's pick for c.i.a. director, john brennan, could face serious heat from members of the president's own party at the confirmation hearing this afternoon, democrats will likely demand answers about the use of unmanned drones to attack u.s. enemies overseas. brennan is the point person on drones, who signs off on the "kill" list. >> i suggest that these targeted strikes against al qaeda terrorists be ethical and just. >> the use of drones has grown 700 percent under the obama administration. we learned yesterday that america has a secret base
on the kill list, from a basement office in the white house, john brennan, about to be questioned in front of the world. >> i suggest to you that these targeted strikes against al qaeda terrorists are indeed ethical and just. >> reporter: in pakistan alone, there have been more than 300 drone strikes in the last decade. killing thousands of al qaeda and taliban, but more than 300 civilians, as well. a world away, in remote villages, you can hear them. like a distance, muted chain saw. a dull, but deadly roar. villagers describing it this way -- "the drones are all over my brain. i can't sleep. when they're hovering over us, we're all scared." a reality we seldom see, says stanley mcchrystal, the retired general who once ran the military's drone strike program. >> if the threshold gets too low and we are too casual about it, then we will forget how much scar tissue we build up in those countries. >> reporter: general mcchrystal believes that americans should have the opportunity to know more about these secret drone wars, to weigh those benefits and risks. that rare opportunity will occur t
. >>> to capitol hill, now, where cia nominee, john brennan, has strongly defended the use of drones against terror targets. brennan told lawmakers that drone strikes are only used against targets planning to carry out attacks against the united states. never as retribution. he promised to tell congress every time the cia targets and kills suspected terrorists. >> if i were to go to cia and the cia was involved in any type of illegal activity, i would make sure this committee had that information. absolutely. >> after the hearing, intelligence committee chair, dianne feinstein, called for more openness about drone strikes. the senator says lawmakers may set up a special court to regulate those strikes. >>> and outgoing defense secretary leon panetta revealed the first time there was a plan in place to arm rebels in syria. but that plan was vetoed by the white house, over worries the weapons might fall into the wrong hands. more than 60,000 people have died in the civil war in syria. >>> and still to come on this busy friday morning, the very latest on the blizzard watch in the northeast. a storm th
of a confirmation hearing for john brennan. as the next head of the spy agency. he's expected to be questioned about the controversial policy that allows drone strikes against terror suspects, even those who are american citizens. civil liberties groups say such strikes are unconstitutional. >> it justifies essentially a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> trying to head off the controversy ahead of the hearing today, the white house has ordered that top lawmakers be given secret documents that explain the white house's drone policy. >>> a boeing 878 dreamliner will fly from texas to washington state today, but that doesn't mean it's closer to carrying passengers any time soon. 787s are grounded while investigators try to determine what caused a fire in one of them and smoke inside of another. the plane's lithium ion battery is under scrutiny. a lead investigator says the batteries aren't necessarily unsafe. but boeing needs to build reliable safeguards in the event of a problem. today's flight is not a test, it's simply to relocate that aircraft. >>> also from the
the new pick for the c.i.a. chief will face a lot of questions for the drone warm. john brennan will testify in half an hour. he is expected to be grilled about strikes targeting terrorists overseas. >> boeing 787 dreamliner has safely landed in washington in the first test flight since the fleet was grounded around the world. the jet flew from texas with a skeletal crew and landed in the past hour at boeing facility in washington state. the flight is happening as a federal safety official urges the government to revoke approval for the batteries used in the dreamliner. several jets had fired sparked by the we batteries. a boeing official says it will not talk about compensating affected airlines until after the grounded jets are back in service. >> mike nicco is right when he predicted the rain. >> it was much needed. we have breaks in the cloud cover. the second round will come in tonight and it could be interesting with lightning, thunder, small hail and snow. we will talk about when it gets do your neighborhood and if you are headedded to the sierra, how were snow to expect.
unmanned drones to attack u.s. enemies overseas. brennan is the administration's point person on drones, the man who signs off on the kill list. >> i suggest to you that these targeted strikes against al qaeda terrorists are, indeed, ethical and just. >> reporter: the use of drones has grown 700% under the obama administration. we learned just yesterday, that america has a secret base in saudi arabia, used to launch drones throughout the region. lawmakers will also raise questions about a newly-discovered document saying, american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed if a high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. but the government can do so without having clear evidence. human rights advocates disagree. >> that justifies, essentially, a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> reporter: drone strikes have become controversial. in pakistan alone, there have been more than 300 drone strikes in the last decade, killing thousands of terrorists, but also more than 300 civilians. the retired general who once ran the military'
america's secret drone war will be in the spotlight today, when john brennan, president obama's pick to be cia director, testifies at his senate confirmation hearing. to smooth his path, the white house agreed overnight to give lawmakers a secret legal memo that lays out the rules for using drones. jon karl joins us with some of that. this is something the white house resisted for some time. >> reporter: as of yesterday afternoon, the white house actually refused to even acknowledge that this memo existed. but late last night, the president made the call to release the memo on a classified basis to the intelligence committee. this is after one prominent democratic senator threatened or suggested he would filibuster brennan's nomination if they didn't get the documents. this is an indication that at today's hearing, you'll hear some tough questioning about the drone campaign. and i believe the most thorough discussion we have ever seen about this highly secretive but absolutely essential component of the president's war on terror. >> it's coming at a time when yesterday the iranians r
john brennan has strongly defended the use of drones against terror targets. brennan told lawmakers that drone strikes are used only against targets planning to carry out attacks against the u.s. but never merely as retribution. he promised to tell congress every time the cia targets and kills suspected terrorists. >> if i were to go to cia ands the cia was involved in any type of illegal activity, i would damn well make sure this committee had that type of information. absolutely. >> after the hearing, intelligence committee chair dianne feinstein called for more openness about drone strikes. the senator says lawmakers may set up a special court to actually regulate those strikes. >> talking about, this is a hot button issue. at the very beginning of that hearing, it was interrupted repeatedly by protesters who came in, and eventually the entire room had to be cleared and only people authorized to be there, because it was supposed to be open to the public, they were asked to leave. it was interrupted to many times, they couldn't even get their points across. >> we've seen that kind
's a pretty famous little spot. >> that's a famous spot. the brennan family, they're still my family and i just fell in love with the city and the people and the food, of course. >> reporter: sam and i were beat from a long day of travel, so emeril gave us a lift to cafe du monde to grab some coffee and beignets, and along the way he showed us his new orleans. shockingly there was a lot of talk of food. >> this place is pretty famous for muffalettas. the place we just passed is famous for cheeseburgers. people take food here so seriously. they're eating lunch and talking about where they're going to have dinner. >> reporter: and, of course, we can't forget this. ♪ >> this spot right here is tons of music like you just heard, kermit. tons of music will be happening there. ♪ >> reporter: and with the whole city decked for both the super bowl and the annual bacchanal of mardi gras, the streets are packed. >> emeril. >> reporter: but enough about that, i had other priorities. >> the recipe for what else, coffee and beignets. established in 1862. 151 years, and this is all we serve. >> repo
operatives may lawfully be killed, even if there's no evidence of an imminent threat. meanwhile, john brennan, the president's nominee for cia director, will face tough questions about that memo in his confirmation hearing tomorrow. >>> and computer hackers have struck the federal reserve. the hacker group, anonymous, claims to have stolen data belongs to some 4,000 bankers. the fed spokeswoman tells "the wall street journal," no critical operations have been affected. >>> and it's being called the largest credit card fraud in history. authorities arrested 18 people based in new jersey, accused of stealing some $200 million after creating thousands of fake i.d.s, with stolen social security numbers. using those fake i.d.s to obtain cards, the suspects allegedly wired money to seven countries, including pakistan and china. >>> and abc news has learned that lance armstrong is the target of an active criminal investigation. federal agents are looking into possible obstruction of justice and witness tampering charges. today is the deadline for him to come clean, under oath, to anti-doping authori
by testimony by john brennan, he defended the strikes saying they're launched only as the last resort. >> closely to intervening in civil war, leon panetta has revealed that he and former secretary of state hillary clinton wanted to arm the rebels trying to topple the syrian president. but the white house said no. >>> an suv through a front window, quick reaction, jumping over the bar. neither he nor the driver were seriously hurt. >>> finally a guy who's literally living on the edge. take a look at this skateboarder, it's a viral video, thanks to a wild and high-speed ride downhill. but, well the skateboarder in question in trouble this morning. police are looking in fact to arrest him because speed cameras set up on that street caught him at 68 miles per hour. >> whoo! >> please don't try that at home. >> thanks, josh. >>> now, to an abc news exclusive this morning. we have the first new video of 5-year-old ethan since that little boy was rescued after spending nearly a week held hostage in that underground bunker in alabama. s.w.a.t. teams got ethan out just in time to celebrate hi
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